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ESF Les Deux Alpes Ski School, Les Deux Alpes

Ski & Snowboard Lessons with the largest ski school

L’Ecole du Ski Français des 2 Alpes, established since 1946, offers an outstanding team of 180 highly qualified instructors who will help you to learn and improve in a fun and relaxed environment.

You will be riding in a unique area offering over 200km of varied runs ideally exposed and perfectly groomed, culminating at 3540m on an extensive glacier where snow stays gorgeous and ending down in the forests of Bons and Mont de Lans, 2300m below.

They teach all snow sports including skiing, cross-country skiing, telemarking, snowboarding, etc., and they can provide tuition in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian. You can take group lessons or have private, one-on-one lessons.

ESF cater for any level. Whether you are a beginner or an expert freerider, they will help you to achieve your goals and have an unbelievable experience. If you are really nervous about skiing, try a snowshoe tour with one of their mountain guides.

Group Lessons
These lessons are available for both adults and children. Groups are comprised of individuals of a similar level and are available as morning, afternoon or full day lessons.

Private Ski Lessons
You can choose your private instructor from their team of 180 highly qualified professionals. Whether you are on your own or with your family or your friends, they can help you to improve more than you ever thought possible. Groups are limited to 4 people of a similar standard, to ensure best results. Clients of private instructors also enjoy benefits such as priority at the lifts, avoiding all the queues, and meeting at a place that suits you. Private lessons are available every day throughout the winter from 12:30 to 14:30 and on Saturdays from 9:15 to 17:00. We advise that you book well in advance during school holidays and peak holiday periods.

Worth knowing

For children who are complete beginners (Level Flocon), ESF advises you to not buy a ski pass and wait for the recommendation of your child's ski instructor. If a ski pass is needed, you will be able to buy one from ESF and have access to their preferential rates.

Where to meet

The school have several meeting points, so it is best to double check which one you'll be at before you start your lessons. However, the main meeting point for lessons in English is just to the right of the Jandri Express when facing up the mountain.


Visitor comments

  • "My son aged 13 last snowboard 2 years ago, I was unsure of his current level. When I booked the lessons, the lady in the office said they would place in the intermediate group as there was only one other boy in the group and he would get more intense instruction, and they would assess his ability as he progressed and make adjustments when necessary. William had a great time, the instructor was very enthusiastic. He loved the lessons, half way through the week Will moved up to the next group, he was warmly welcomed into the higher group not only buy the instructor but also the other boys." -  Trip Advisor
  • "Six of our party booked beginners ski classes with ESF during our Club Med holiday at Les 2 Alps. Natalie our instructor was amazing! We had very mixed abilities due to the varied ages and skills of our group. It was also a tricky time weather wise coming after the longest spell without snow for many years. Fortunately, it had snowed just before our arrival but that was then it. This made some pistes difficult to practice on due to icy conditions. Natalie managed to find new experiences for us each day and knew exactly what each of us was capable of. Her patience was tested with my fear of heights but her gentle persuasion ensured progression. Thank you once again Natalie!" -  Trip Advisor
  • "I used ESF (École du Ski Francais) - Les Deux Alpes during a January ski holiday with friends and family. We have 6 kids aged 3 to 15 and placed them with three different teachers based on age, for private lessons for three consecutive days. Before we went to France I tried to find Danish speaking instructors, because I figured that was important for the kids. However I couldn’t find any, so I had to rely on the local instructors and chose ESF. The kids had the same instructor thru all three days. They only spoke French and some English, but they really knew how to teach children, using the “international signs” of hand signals along with fun and play. It became clear to me, that this is what these guys do for a living. These are not instructors who are here to earn money for a ski trip, but this is their living. I never imagined that instructors could be so good at adapting their teaching to the level of the kid. All kids gained a lot of skills from their lessons and had a great time. We were very comfortable handing the kids over to the ESF instructors. In the future I will never use anything else than local ski instructors." -  Trip Advisor

Booking Arrangements

Child policy

Children's lessons start at the age of 3 years in the kindergarten class, where outdoor game, mini-lifts and fun obstacles will introduce your little ones to the excitement of snow in complete safety.

Older children, from 6 to 13 years old, can progress through the various stages and will have fun learning new skills and building confidence with their qualified instructors in group or private lessons.


  • Families & Kids
  • Childcare
  • Kids' lessons


  • Activities
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Handiski / Sit-Ski
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Telemarking
  • Events
  • Activities
  • Lessons
  • Adult Lessons
  • Childrens Lessons
  • Freestyle/Freeride Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • Handiski Lessons
  • Off Piste/Backcountry Lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Telemark Lessons


  • Open Seasons
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Address
  • Maison des 2 Alpes
  • 38860